I’m back with another Storytime blog post this week as we enter the second half of second term. The school holidays are coming towards us again and we have some activities, books and rhymes you can use to keep everyone entertained when there is no school for two weeks. This week I am writing about the Yummy in my Tummy theme we have here at the library. That means food, glorious food. I am going to talk about two excellent books that we all love and one new craft…is it a craft if it involves playing with our food?


My first book this time is the amazing, fabulous, perennially popular There Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, illustrated by Pam Adams.

There Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed A Fly


You can’t really go past this classic. Everyone knows the rhyme and the children who have not heard it love it once they have. It’s always fun to read at Pram Jam or Storytime because all of the parents know it and you often see them join in – especially after the horse. This is one of my absolute favourite books to read aloud because you can really use the repetition and prediction of the story with young children. It is also a great story to use to play with pacing (saying the repetitious rhyme as quickly as you can, or slowing it down, or saying it to a beat) as it is so well known. Can you tell that I love this one?


My next book is Wombat Stew by Marcia K. Vaughn.

Wombat Stew

This book is an Australian version of the traditional tale ‘Stone Soup’ with some important changes. Unlike in the traditional tale where soldiers (or travellers or any other number of people) remind a village of people about the importance of sharing, this story is all about outwitting the smug dingo who has captured a wombat he is going to use to make stew. All of wombat’s friends offer items to add to the stew until…well I can’t tell you what happens at the end. This story (with some substitution can be made into a very nice dessert).
There is a more traditional version of the story that can be viewed here.


There are some excellent rhymes out there for food. Pat-a-cake, hot cross buns, and little miss muffet. But my favourite at the moment is Ten Fat Sausages.
I enjoy this one because it allows us to skip count. Skip counting is counting by a number other than one, or counting where we ‘skip’ numbers – for example counting by twos 2, 4, 6, 8, or fives 5, 10, 15, 20. This rhyme deals with backwards skip counting and is a good way to introduce children to the pattern even if they don’t realise they are skip counting. A good way to reinforce this skip counting theme is to do this a finger play as well, dropping one finger from each hand so that when you have eight sausages you have four fingers up on each hand.

Ten Fat Sausages Sizzling In A Pan

Ten Fat Sausages sizzling in a pan,
(hold up 10 fingers)
And if one went POP!
(make starbursts with your fingers)
And another went BANG!
(clap your hands together)
There’d be Eight Fat Sausages
Sizzling in a pan.

Eight fat sausages…
Six fat sausages…
Four fat sausages…

Two Fat Sausages sizzling in a pan,
(hold up 2 fingers)
And if one went POP!
(make starbursts with your fingers)
And another went BANG!
(clap your hands together)
There’d be no sausages left.
(hold up a fist)

Craft – Painting Bread

This week I want to suggest you play with your food. Making snack time fun we painted some bread during Storytime last week.

Painting Bread


Painting bread is fun and easy.

What you need:
Food colouring
Sandwich press or toaster (the sandwich press is faster)
Paint brushes

What to do:
1. Mix a few drops of food colouring with milk (the more food colouring you use the more vibrant the colours will be) to make edible paint.
2. Paint the bread with the edible paint, flip over and do the back as well.
3. Toast the bread and eat. You can add a spread but we certainly had no complaints from children just eating the bread on its own.

Gluten free bread does well in the sandwich press (and while I haven’t tried it) I think it would work well.
There are lactose free milks available or you could try this with water in the place of milk.


If you have a favourite rhyme or story, or you have another great way to play with your food, please leave us a comment below and tell us all about it.